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  • Feline fame in cyberspace gives species a boost Dec 27, 2014 7:15 AM
    Cats these days aren’t associated with deities the way they were in ancient Egypt, but the Internet has gotten them a little closer. We adore Nora the piano-playing cat. We revel in Grumpy Cat’s permanently sour expression. The Internet has created a vast audience of potential adopters.

  • Dog back from New York, back with Save-A-Pet Dec 27, 2014 7:51 AM
    An American Staffordshire terrier dumped at a Grayslake-area no-kill pet shelter in late 2003 is back where he started after recently landing in a Long Island facility. “He’s doing awesome,” said Save-A-Pet's intake and foster coordinator, Bridget Lavelle. “He’s super playful for an older dog.”

  • Suburban volunteers reunite dogs with returning soldiers Dec 24, 2014 7:30 AM
    Suburban volunteers are planning come sprig to welcome a group of dogs who made the long – and expensive – trip from Afghanistan to O'Hare. The team behind Puppy Rescue Mission also will prepare the pooches for reunions with the returning soldiers who adopted the companions in war. “There’s thousands of animals over here that deserve good homes, but you form a special bond over there that really can’t be equaled,” says Garrett Rogers, a Navy petty officer from Lindenhurst.

  • Iran’s unwelcome dogs find care at rare shelter Dec 24, 2014 7:00 AM
    Man’s best friend is seen as anything but in Iran, where city workers gun down strays and conservatives view pet dogs as a corrupting Western influence. But in a rare animal shelter in the countryside west of Tehran, hundreds of lucky pups have found mercy, and a growing number of Iranians are learning to love them. But outside Tehran, more than 500 dogs find care and affection at the Vafa Animal Shelter, which was established through an endowment in 2004 and is the country’s only licensed animal refuge.

  • Open your heart and home to a feline this holiday season Dec 18, 2014 8:53 AM
    During the Christmas holidays some shelters promote their animals with disabilities for “Home 4 The Holidays,” and draw big on the emotional appeal and that response.

  • Dog’s tennis ball key to DuPage courthouse security Dec 14, 2014 7:45 AM
    Deputy Ken Diebert and his canine companion Jewel patrol the DuPage County courthouse every day. The key to Jewel's success is a green tennis ball, which she gets to play with whenever she detects explosives. "We went through a lot of toys, in training, only to find out she loves this tennis ball,” Diebert said.

  • U of I offers therapy dog visits during finals Dec 12, 2014 5:38 PM
    Students cramming for finals at the University of Illinois will get a little time to visit with canine friends. The school is having therapy dogs come to several campus libraries over the next few days.

  • Inaugural program along Fox marks return of bald eagles Dec 12, 2014 6:11 AM
    The return of the bald eagle to northeastern Illinois is regarded as a success story for a species once endangered. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service with other stakeholders will host an eagle watch event Saturday along the Fox River. “Even if we don't see (bald eagles), there are about eight or nine places along the Fox River they (viewers) can go out and see them themselves,” one expert said.

  • Pets can’t take part in all of our holiday celebrations Dec 11, 2014 10:57 AM
    During the holiday season, make sure you keep your pets safe by not feeding them foods that are bad for them and watching them around your decorations.

  • Arlington Hts. 5th-grader raises money for rescued dogs Dec 8, 2014 11:57 AM
    Elizabeth Ferrazza loves stories. And like many kids her age, the fifth-grader from Arlington Heights also loves dogs. So when she started to learn about no-kill animal shelters, she quickly realized that every rescued dog has a story, and she knew she wanted to help.

  • Dog CPR, first aid training: Dec 3, 2014 6:42 PM
    Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue in Libertyville is offering classes in dog first aid and CPR.

  • Learn about wolves and if they are endangered Dec 2, 2014 8:07 AM
    “What do wolves to at night?” “How many canine species are there?” “Have wolves ever been extinct?” Curious young patrons at the Fremont Public Library in Mundelein posed these questions after attending naturalist Deb Krohn’s talk, “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?”

  • Dog CPR, first aid training: Dec 2, 2014 4:55 PM
    Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue is offering classes in dog first aid and CPR. The video-based training covers common emergencies experienced by dogs including bleeding wounds, burns, poisoning, fractures, and the ill effects of heat and cold … with special emphasis on canine CPR.

  • Warrenville woman committed to helping DuPage's ownerless pets Dec 1, 2014 11:00 AM
    As one of longest-serving volunteers at the DuPage County Animal Care and Control facility in Wheaton, Barbara Zeiler has dedicated herself to helping the animals. “Barb is a wonderful asset for the shelter,” said Dr. Todd Faraone, the veterinary administrator who oversees the facility. “Her first thought is always for the animals and what she can do for the animals."

  • Give your pet something unexpected over holidays Nov 28, 2014 6:15 AM
    Pet owners looking to launch the next Internet sensation or just longing for a new view of their dog’s dashing and digging won’t have to shop for long to find the perfect holiday gift. Wrap up a dog harness that holds any durable, wearable camera and watch Frisbee fetch, lazy lap naps and every memory in between come alive.

  • While holiday shopping, don’t forget your dog Nov 26, 2014 1:22 PM
    The Christmas season is upon us. While you are out shopping for yourself and family, don't forget about your dog.

  • More than 30 horses reported dead in Crystal Lake-area barn fire Nov 24, 2014 6:06 PM
    State, county and local investigators sifted through the smoldering remains of a McHenry County barn Sunday where 32 horses died in a massive fire. “I’m devastated,” farm owner Amber Bauman said Sunday. “This is every barn owner’s worst nightmare.”

  • Vets issue advice on pets that may have Ebola Nov 23, 2014 7:01 AM
    Pets that have been in close contact with Ebola-infected people should be quarantined and — if they test positive — euthanized, according to new guidance issued recently by a veterinarians’ group.

  • South Elgin animal shelter unveils renovations Nov 22, 2014 5:50 PM
    Anderson Animal Shelter reopened Saturday following a comprehensive remodeling that began about three months ago. Changes include new caging for dogs and cats, new flooring throughout the shelter, new plumbing and a new logo and website.

  • Reptiles and amphibians star at Barrington Hills event Nov 22, 2014 5:12 PM
    Citizens for Conservation put together a program from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday on Reptiles and Amphibians. The event was held at the Barrington Hills Riding Center, 361 Bateman Road, Barrington Hills and offered attendees the chance to spend the afternoon with some amazing scaly friends. Experts from the Wildlife Discovery Center introduced people to alligators, lizards and other creatures. Participants also made nature-based crafts for holiday gift-giving.

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